Members of the Rainham community have spoken of their ‘shock’ and sadness after learning about the death of two of its local residents.
Simbiso Aretha Moula aged 39 and her husband Garikayi Moula aged 51, were found dead in their home last Friday, January 4. The couple who lived on the Lower Mardyke Road were found dead last week and the police are not looking for anyone else in connection to their deaths. Residents living along the Lower Mardyke Road, have told The Enquirer how utterly shocked and stunned they are after learning about the couple’s death.
Don, a neighbour told the Enquirer: “We were really shocked to hear this sad news, the couple have been here for many years now and I remember them first arriving and taking time to do their house and garden. This has really left us saddened.
“We couldn’t believe something like this would happen along our road. It is a quiet area and this has amazed us all. It is very sad.”
Local councillor for the ward, Councillor Michael Deon Burton (insert) has told The Enquirer: “This is not the time for us to give credence or to be alarmed by wild speculation regarding this very sad incident.
“The efficient and professional involvement of the ambulance and police services, coupled with the ongoing support being offered by local residents demonstrates why although we are rightly taken aback by events, it is how we deal with matters such as this that define us as a community. I offer my thanks and pride to one and all where it is due. “
Post mortem examinations took place at Queens Hospital Mortuary in Romford on Sunday, 6 January and the provisional cause of deaths confirmed Mrs Moula died of neck compression and Mr Moula died of suspension. Mrs Moula’s death is being treated as murder and Mr Moula’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Mrs Moula worked as a midwife at Queens hospital and staff there have paid their respects following her tragic death.
Chief Nurse at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust said: “We are all shocked and saddened by the tragic death last week of one of our midwives Simbi Aretha Moula. Simbi was a popular, valued member of our midwifery team at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.”
“During her 11 years at our Trust she built great relationships and friendships with her colleagues. We will remember her fondly for her professionalism, kindness and compassion, as will many mothers she cared for. Our thoughts are with her family, especially her children.”
Councillor Graham Williamson told The Enquirer: “Any premature death is a tragedy but ones involving a family are particlulary distressing. Clearly this family was suffering from issues which we presently know little.”
Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3865, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.